2008-11-14 / Sports

CYO Basketball Season Under Way At SFDS

The 2008-09 CYO Basketball season is fully underway with the girls having started October 11-12, and the boys this past weekend.

The Subnovice girls made their CYO debut that first weekend, and after a few games against outside competition, squared off against each other this past weekend. For the Gold, coached by Kathy Marquardt and Amy McDade, Sinead Gallagher and Hannah Nicholson showed great teamwork, with both scoring baskets. Katie Marquardt, Maddie McDade and Caroline Kelly also scored for the Gold. Ashley Kelly and Sydney O'Brien excelled on defense. In earlier games against Blessed Trinity, St. Pancras, and Sacred Heart, scoring and defensive contributions came from Grace DeCrescenzo, Claire Hughes, Elizabeth Clark, Emily Richter and Rebecca Boland. Julia Caputo led the charge on Sunday against Our Lady of Hope. The Blue team, coached by John Blum and Kevin Barrett has faced off with Sacred Heart and Blessed Trinity as well as SFDS Gold. All have played well to date, and in particular, Kathryn Barrett, Makayla Beehler, Kerrianne Blum, Jessica Buckley, Lindsday DeBoer, Kaleigh Gilroy, Carly Mc- Cann, Breanne McDonnell, and Kelly Ward.

The Pee Wee girls, under the direction of Jim McCool and Ray Marten have jumped out to a 5-0 start with wins over St. Rose, Blessed Trinity, St. Mary Winfield, Corpus Christi, and Our Lady of Hope. Against Corpus Christi, the girls awoke from a first half slumber to score 23 second half points led by Lauren Marten, Kaitlin Neiswenter, Maria DiCarlo, Nicole Gibson, Molly Breslin, and Devin Gavigan. Courtney McCool and Megan Twomey paced Sunday's win over Hope with Mollie Kuhlmann, Meghan Gigliello, and Keira Walsh controlling the boards, and Emma Meade leading the defense.

The Novice girls are also undefeated after wins over St. Margaret, Gate of Heaven, Blessed Trinity, and a 19-15 overtime thriller against Sacred Heart. The offense has been paced by Shannon Rochelle, Jenna McCann, Kathryn Gibson, and Lauren Guidarelli. The defense has been keyed by Therese and Jackie Gallagher, Ryan Ward, Emily Carlton, Francesca Castellano, and Brynn Nagel. Julianna DeSilvia, Lauren Peters, and Justine Twomey have also excelled for coach Randy Neiswenter's squad.

Maureen Gigliello's Bantam squad is in a very competitive division, and have split their first 4 games, with wins over Gate of Heaven and Blessed Trinity, and losses to St. Mary Winfield and Our Lady of Hope. However the game against Hope was reversed as Hope needed to use players from one of their other teams to avoid forfeit as some of their players were unavailable. Serena Yanello scored the first basket of the season. Emma Knox scored the game winner against Gate while Kayla Kilgallen did the same against Blessed Trinity. Erika Sorensen's basket at the end of the first half against Winfield kept that game close before Winfield pulled away in the second half. Mary Ellen Woods, Erin Klein, and Taylor Vegh have also stood out in the early going.

The Rookie girls have gotten off to a tough start. After an easy win over St. Pancras, coach Craig Carey's team ran into buzzsaws in Our Lady of Hope and Gate of Heaven. Meghan Atwood, Anastasia O'Byrne, Daisy Trusttum, Amie McManus, and Marina Cregan led the win over St. Pancras.

Janelle McManus made her CYO coaching debut with the Intermediates who have gone out to a 5-1 record, capturing the championship of the St. Edmund's Tournament in addition to their CYO slate. Taylor Butigian was named MVP and Lynn Rayder was All- Tournament.

The Boys began last weekend and will be summarized next week. A full slate of games is on tap at St. Francis this weekend and the kitchen will open with a complete assortment of food and beverages.

Come to the St. Francis gym to enjoy all the action.

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